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for the public interest, from Santee river to the outer point of Bull's island, at the entrance of Bull's bay; and that the buoy authorized by the said act to be placed at the entrance of Bull's bay shall be placed at such point as the collector of the port of Charleston, South Carolina, shall direct. Approved April 8,1848.

CHAP. 29.—AN ACT granting a pension to Patrick Walker.

[sec. 1.] Beit enacted by the Senate and House of RepreA pension of *entatiioe» of the United States of America in Congress as$*) per month sembled, That there be allowed and paid Patrick Walker, a ST'ptnSon'Ye soldier of the first regiment of artillery in the war with M«xnow receive*. jCO) a pension at the rate of forty dollars per month, in lieu of the pension he now receives, to commence on the twentyeighth of October last, and to continue for one year; the said Walker having lost his right arm, and nearly the whole of his left hand, by a cannon-ball, y-1 the action at Churubusco, on the twentieth of August, eighteen hundred and fortyseven. Approved April 8, 1848.

CHAP. 30.—AN ACT for the relief of the legal representatives of George
Fisher, deceased.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Second Auditor of the Treasury of the ditohretoe Mratne United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and required eSanufin" rincft0 exarmne an<^ adjust the claims of the legal representatives pies of equity and of George Fisher, deceased, on principles of equity and jusjustice, ic. tjce> an(j joying (jue regard to the proofs, for the value of

property taken or destroyed by the troops of the United States engaged in suppressing Indian hostilities in the year eighteen Amount found hundred and thirteen; and that the said legal representatives be them'0 be p"d P*."* *°r lne same out °f any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Loisei caused SEC 2. And be it further enacted, That if it shall be and Ui'n5an«r,0T found impracticable for the claimants to furnish distinct proof appc'ruone'd''' in as t0 tne specif*0 quantity of property respectively taken or «Sch manner u destroyed by the troops and by the Indians, it shall be lawfCinndlmnHy'io? ful for the said accounting officer to apportion the losses ia!au»op»!ed by caused by said troops and Indians respectively,in such manner as from the proofs he may think just and equitable, so as to afford a fair and full indemnity for all losses and injuries occasioned by said troops, and allow the claimants accordingly: ertj^esu^dby Provided, That nothing herein contained shall authorize any Indian* not to be payment for property destroyed by Indians. paidfcr- Approved AprU 12,1848.

CHAP. 31.—AN ACT for the relief of Peter Engela, senior.

\sec. I.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Slates of America in Congress as-pe du^iu"^ scmiles, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, granted, directed to place the name of Peter Engels, senior, on the pension roll, and to allow and pay him a pension for a total dism'ity during his natural life, to commence on the fifteenth day of December, eighteen hundred and forty-five.

Approved April 12,1848.

CHAP. 32.—AN ACT relating to the collection district of New Orleans, and for other purposes.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as- city of Lataysembled, That from and after the passage of this act, the ^dL^ pl^t city of Lafayette, in the State of Louisiana, shall be added New oiieam. to and included in the port of entry of New Orleans; and that the office of surveyor for the city of Lafayette be, and is hereby, abolished.

Approved April 14, 1S48.

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CHAP. 33.—AN ACT to authorize the issuing of a register to the brig Palmetto.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as- A reguter to »e stmbled, That there be issued, under the direction of thei,,uedSecretary of the Treasury, a register for the brig Palmetto, formerly a vessel called the Roger Bontemps, but now owned by Moses D. Hyams, S. B. Barnard, James Tidal, and A. H. Abraham, of the State of South Carolina; and which said vessel, having been condemned at Charleston, in said State, in consequence of injuries sustained at sea, was purchased by them, and which they have repaired and refitted for sea again: Provided, It shall be proved to the satisfaction of the I Secretary of the Treasury that the cost of the repairs made in the United States, after the purchase of the said vessel by the present owners, exceeds three-fourths of the original cost of bmlding a vessel of the same tonnage in the United V States.

Approved April 19, 1848.

CHAP. 34.—AN ACT to change the name of Photius Kavasales to that of
Photius Fisk.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by tfie Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asrhotiui Kava- sembled, That Photius Kavasales, a chaplain in the navy of thLeSn»me70r pho" tne United States, of the District of Columbia, be, and he is t.uiFisk. hereby, authorized, from and after the passage of this act, to take and use the name of Photius Fisk; and that the name of said Photius Kavasales be hereafter Photius Fisk; by which name all acts and engagements done or made by him may be enforced, and have the same effect and operation in law, as if his name had originally been Photius Fisk. Approved May 3, 1S48.

CHAP. 35.—AN ACT authorizing a term of the United States circuit and district courts at Chicago, Illinois.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repcourti of the resentaiives of the United States of America in Congress as^Mtt^Tm-sembled, That a term of the circuit and district courts of the Sfter heidVchi." United States for the State of Illinois shall hereafter be held at cago onfirftMon the city of Chicago, on the first Monday of July in each year. &i& Approved May 9, 1848.

CHAP. 36.—AN ACT in addition to an act therein mentioned.

Whereas, by a certain act approved March second, eighteen •see vol. 7, p. hundred and twenty-seven,* there was granted to the State of Indiana, to aid in constructing the Wabash and Erie canal, "a quantity of land equal to one-half of five sections wide on each side of said canal;" and whereas, by an act approved February twenty-seventh, eighteen hundred and forty-one, there was confirmed to said State the lands selected under said grant for that part of said canal between the month of Tippecanoe river and Terre Haute,, and license was given to said State to select other lands subject to private entry, or such part of said selection as was holden against the State by t sec Vol to, p. the legal incumbrance or title of others;! which last selections f have never been made and completed: Therefore,

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as3Uthor,ized to se sembled, That the State of Indiana be, and is hereby, authori^utuy ofVacut izec* to select out of any of the public land in said State subland, ject to private entry, a quantity of land which, together with the land already received and holden by said State for the construction of the said Wabash and Erie canal, will make the full amount equal to one-half of fivecections in width on each side of said canal: Provided, nevertheless, That no se

lection shall be made of any land but such as was subject to
private entry on the first day of April, anno Domini one thou-
sand eight hundred and forty-eight.
Approved May 9, 1S4S.

CHAP. 37.—AN ACT for the relief of Christopher Cunningham.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress as- Narae t0 be sernbled, That the Secretary of War be, and he is hereby, placed °n. <>>« directed to place the name of Christopher Cunningham, llOW sioners. resident of New ■Orleans, Louisiana, on the list of invalid pensioners; and that the said Cunningham receive a pension at the. rate of eight dollars a month, to commence from and after the passage of this act.

Approved May 9, 1S48.

CHAP. 38.—AN ACT for the relief of Mrs. Harriet Barney.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress as- pension ren sernbled, That the pension heretofore allowed Harriet Bar- from" ,1"Dec ney, and which expired on the first day of December, eighteen bcrt hundred and forty three, shall be, and the same is hereby, renewed for five years, to be computed from and after the first day of December, one thousand eight hundred and fortythree.

Approved May 9,1S4S.

CHAP. 39—AN ACT for the relief of John Black, late consul of the United
States at the city of Mexico.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of t/w United States of America in Congress as- hjb«. HJj^J sernbled, That there be paid to John Black, late consul of the servicea in MexiDnited States at the city of Mexico, the rate of compensation Ic'clm^mnum allowed by law to a charge d'affaires of the United States, for allowed by i»w to

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his diplomatic services to the United States in Mexico during the suspension of diplomatic intercourse between Mexico and the United States, from the tenth of May, eighteen hundred and forty five, to the third day of April, eighteen hundred and forty-seven, inclusive, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That there be paid as 1U^S0 aforesaid, to the aforesaid John Black, such additional sum JTM^" as may be found due by the proper accounting officers of the traordLary extreasury, to cover his extraordinary expenditures incurred by r^dbyUhiin.ulcur" him, the said Black, in consequence of his forcible expulsion from Mexico, and in bringing with him to the United States Proviso. the archives of legation of the United States: Provided, however. That the sum thus allowed for indemnity shall not exceed eleven hundred and twenty-four dollars. Approved May 9, 1S48.

CHAP. 40—AN ACT to make Ship is'and.in the collection district of Pear! river, a port of delivery, and to authorize the appointment of a deputy collector for said port.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Repsup island made Tesentatives of the United States of America in Congress asaportotdt-i.verv sembled, That Ship island, in the collection district of Peari river, in the State of Mississippi, is hereby made a port of delivery, and that the President of the United States be authorized, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint a Deputy coiiee-deputy collector to reside at said port of Ship island, who tor to be appoint-is hereby authorized to perform the duties of a collector of the customs, and who shall, before he enters on the duties of his office, take and subscribe the oath contained in, and in the manner prescribed by, the seventh section of the act of the third March,eighteen hundred and seventeen, entitled " An act to continue in force an act entitled ' An act further to provide for the collection of duties on imports and tonnage,'" <fcc, and who shall give a bond for the true and faithful discharge of his duties, in the same manner as collectors, naval officers, and surveyors are required to give bonds under existcompen«ation jng laws; and the compensation of the aforesaid deputy coldeputy coiiec- jector snaji jje tne fees established by law for the services

he may perform, and no more.
Approved May 9, 1848.

CHAP. 41.—AN ACT to provide for the ventilation of passenger vessels, ar.d for other purposes.

[sec. 1.] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress asieu "e,oSer hare semo^^> That all vessels, whether of the United States or noi»eaontheu" any other country, having sufficient capacity, according to perdecki. law, for fifty or more passengers, (other than cabin passengers,) shall, when employed in transporting such passengers between the United States and Europe, have on the upper deck, for the use of such passengers, a house over the passage-way leading to the apartment allotted to such passengers below deck, firmly secured to the deck, or combings of the hatch, with two doors, the sills of which shall be at least one foot above the deck, so constructed that one door or window in such house may at all times be left open for ventilation;

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